Dina Caliente

/*To fellow simmers: Like her sister Nina Dina was based on a character from Sims 2, Dina Caliente. I made her and her sister when I wanted do recreate my Sims 2 Pleasantview, I gave that town up a while ago but I like my versions of Dina and Nina so much I added them to my Sunset Valley.*/

Unlike her sister who saw a new town like a opportunity to party in new places and meet new men Dina saw a new beginning as a opportunity to shape her future anyway she wanted, and what she wanted was to be rich and famous, no matter what it took.

Her road to success started at the local spa but Dina gave up on that as soon as she could start in the local office building, there she rose to department head until she realized she could run for city council, and she left that job to concentrate on her new dream – a political career. When she left the company she employed a young coffee carrier, Ebony Brown, from her old firm to be her campaign intern. The two clicked and became best friends as Dina won her first victory and got into Sunset Valley City Council.

Dina always participated in neighborhood activities, she wanted people to know her and remember her. That is how she met Nala Sanza, a young musician with colorful clothes and a colorful personality. Two two of them fell in love and married at a big party in the house Dina shared with her sister Nina.

Nala was always a big support, and a wonderful companion and the two had a full and loving marriage. As Dina rose in the world of politics Nala rose in the world of music. After several years of marriage they decided to adopt a child, that is how Sara joined their family. Dina never saw herself as a mother but she loved little Sara, she even named a star she discovered after her. At that time however her sister was in a relationship with Dave Ramsay who lived with them and had a child with him, her little Rosie so their home was a little crowded and Dina and Nala decided to finally get a place of their own.

Everything was going great, Dina really found herself in politics, she didn’t have a problem with making tough decisions, she loved to throw formal parties to raise founds for various things, and to dazzle or her coworkers and all of Sunset Valley. Once she even lost notes for a speech and delivered it entirely from memory. The only setback that happened during her career was when her former protege, Ebony, decided to run against her as mayor and won! Next election Dina beat her but the two didn’t stay friends after that, she did stay close to Ebony’s children, her son Hazel, whom she was godmother and her daughter Cocoa.

In fact when young artist Cocoa was looking for a place to stay Dina offered their attic, as a home and a studio for Cocoa and Cocoa agreed. She lived with Dina until she got married and had twins.

Dina and Nala adopted another child, another daughter, a little girl named Summer, Dina rose to vice president of the country and completed her lifelong goals.She even had her biography written, after which some nasty rumors about her started circulating, but she didn’t care. She was happy.

And then she did something wrong… She had a little affair with Mortimer Goth, the word got out, somebody had seen them together at a sports bar, rumors spread and just like that, her marriage was over. Nala moved out and she lives alone with her daughters.

Dina did found a new girlfriend, Justine Hooks, but she concentrated solely on work, she ran a campaign and won, despite all the viscous rumors surrounding her, she became the Leader of the Free World.

After one mandate however she retired and she is currently enjoying her retirement, although she sometimes volunteers at the hospital. There she was a big help during a gnome invasion and she met a young paramedic, Penelope Belgen who asked her out, but it didn’t go well. According to Tori Kimura, a fellow politician she still has a cheater reputation.

Dina likes hanging out with people, even though she is one of the biggest celebrities in town she still goes to the park to jam with the commoners. Children play pranks on her, like stealing her clothes when she is in a hot tub but Dina pays them no mind, she knows most of the town likes her.She likes plants and working in her garden.

That’s all about Dina for now and here are her stats:

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Mayor – Round 3.2

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Day 3

After diner at the diner, on her mother, and celebrating her mother’s big promotion Lysa decided she wasn’t ready to go home just yet. She was a still a little mad Dougie had failed to invite her to play Halo with him and Luther, sometimes it seemed she was his second choice, if Luther was busy he would call her, but if not it would be as she doesn’t exist….

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Mayor – Round 3.1

I decided to include Jill and her family in this update too, in the next one they would have a house of their own so I won’t bother introducing their host, not yet anyway. If you have not followed them before you can read about them in:

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Day 1

TS3W_2015-11-01_18-08-43-66“The house should probably be movable this month, maybe even next week but we won’t push it… Nala is a great host…” Jill explained to Chiquita Fegel who was listening to her intently…

She was glad things turned out this way, that finally she could have her own home, a home for her kids and not depend on a lover, or ex-lover as it was of late.

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Caliente – Round 3.2

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Day 3

Latricia never cooked in her life and she was totally lost as she trotted around an empty kitchen as if some invisible voice would tell her what to do. That didn’t happen. She opened the fridge and saw some fresh vegetables. She concludTS3W_2015-11-01_15-14-35-01ed a salad wouldn’t be too hard and got to chopping.

The meal didn’t turn out half too bad, sure she should have eased on the olive oil, or the pieces could have been more regularly cut but she was proud of herself.

She even left some for Branden and he didn’t complain, but he never did, he was the happiest little child she had ever seen, the prospect of salad for breakfast excited him.

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Caliente – Round 3.1

This is the first post detailing the life of the Caliente family. I hope you’ll like their adventures as much as those of other families.

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Day 1

Rosie started her day the way she tried to start every day – going to the pool. She preferred playing gameTS3W_2015-10-31_10-35-03-75s on her computer then going out and doing exercise but of all things swimming was the most acceptable to her. And she needed exercise, she was desperate
to lose her weight. She wanted this for a while now, she knew her mother would approve if she was more fit and better looking and now that she was seeing, or whatever it was, she was doing with Leighton Sekemoto she wanted to change her look, he was an athlete and she doubted he would go steady with a chubby girl like her.

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Hoves (Jesse) – Round 3.2

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Day 1

Sunday morning at tTS3W_2015-10-28_20-17-39-53he Hoves’ household was spent discussing their last night brake in. Krystal made breakfast and the attempted burglary was number one on the menu. Laquita’s father acted as if it was no big deal, the fact that he overpowered a young woman who tried to rob them in the middle of night, Laquita’s mother was besides herself from shock that things like that happen even in nice little towns like Sunset Valley, Krystal was worried for dad, because even though he laid most of the blows he received some as well and Irene, as usual was curious.

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Hoves(Jesse) – Round 3.1.

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Day 1

TS3W_2015-10-28_18-36-07-87Krystal never did this. Obeying the rules was number one in her book but today was just such a nice day and she wanted for once to go out and have lunch in a nice place, all dressed up. Of course if she did in during lunch hour the place would be crowded and she couldn’t eat alone, somebody she knew or who knew her would come to her table and she would be forced to have a conversation, that is why she ditched her afternoon classes and went to eat alone. The kids were happy anyway, they could go home earlier, so no harm done.

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Hoves – Round 3.2

Round 3.1 available here.

Day 3

For Blair every day was still a challenge. Her husband was still gone and she never stopped missing him. And now her friends were dying too. She couldn’t believe how quickly Ebony had left this world, it seemed like yesterday that she would come over and try to make her laugh. The only solution she found not to give herself up to depression was to stay active.

Currently she was volunteeriTS3W_2015-10-25_21-42-35-68ng at the local Fire Department. She found it important to serve the community while she was still active and healthy and facing fires was helpful when attempting to get your minds of things that haunted you every way you go.

But it wasn’t just the work itself that help. Hanging around the station was also refreshing in a way. The SV Fire Department currently had three regular employees, Jared Prentiss, a young man who was Hannah’s nephewTS3W_2015-10-25_21-48-28-33, Maddison and Carissa Jackson, another young woman. Blair loved hanging out with Maddison the most. She would always listen to her ideas, and she was an ideal playing partner for GTA. And she was closest to Blair in age.

Her interactions with the other female employee were, well at least for Blair’s tastes, a little weird… It had been years since she had last dated and she was well beyond an age in which men shown interest in her and she had long made peace with that. The love of her life was already gone and maybe one day they will be together again, in another place, another life, and that was fine.

But it seamed her coworker had a different idea. Just yesterday she brought Blair flowers. It was a nice bouquet, but the whole gesture just caught Blair off guard. She complimented thTS3W_2015-10-25_21-39-34-83e flowers and thanked her coworker but she was dumbfounded. She once had a relationship with a woman, many, many years back, before Freddie. But Ayesha was just a phase and besides she wasn’t interested in any romantic relationships and she didn’t now how to express those feelings, besides the young fire woman did nothing but bring her flowers. But if Blair remembered correctly, that was definitely not a gesture of friendship…

It was these thoughts that kept Blair up this night. She checked the clock. It was already Wednesday and she was still awake. She sighed. She had to drop to the station again today, and there she would face the woman, and will have to tell her something. Tell her what? She had enough of tossing around an empty bed so she got up. She was about to make herself some tea when she heard music coming from the garage.

She walked there, the doors were wide open and her son wTS3W_2015-10-25_21-57-05-40as inside, playing the guitar. She stood in the corner for a while, just listening. The boy could play… Where he got that talent she had no idea, neither her or her late husband had shown any interest in music but their only child sure did. He didn’t notice her, he seamed lost in what he was doing, his eyes focused on the strings of the instrument in his hands.

When he was done she softly spoke: “That was beautiful Dougie.” He turned around surprised. “Mum. What are you doing here? It’s late, and it’s cold!” She just shrugged. “The ailments of old age… I could not sleep so I went to a concert instead.” She smiled at him and he smiled back. He was a big guy, her son but inside he was a sweet little child, her child. The most wonderful thing she and Freddie ever made together. “I hope I didn’t wake you.” Dougie said suddenly worried. “No, no honey. I didn’t even hear it from my room.” He nodded, relieved. “I was practicing a little, this guy, this bassist, Koussesimisky is coming to town this week, he will hold classes tomorrow at the theater, thought I drop by a little, didn’t want to embarrass myself. Also thought I wouldn’t be bad to serenade Lysa with this little thing.” He added with a smile and she smiled back. “She would be a fool not to fall for that.” He grinned. “Thanks mum! So have you heard about Kousssesimisky? You should have… He’s this older dude…” He proceeded as they walked back inside.

Blair fall a sleep soon after her chat with Dougie was over but she got only a few hours of sleep at least according to her watch. She deemed it was enough and went upstairs to check on eTS3W_2015-10-25_21-58-57-50veryone else. Junior and Kerry were up. They were playing chess on the balcony and she looked at Freddie’s youngest grandchild. He looked a lot like Hannah but there were certain gestures like him pinching his own nose when thinking that reminded Blair so much of the husband she had lost.

Junior had the day off so he and Hannah stayed home with Kerry. Frederica had that field trip to the Chinese mausoleum and Blair went to the statiTS3W_2015-10-25_22-14-19-27on. She was barely inside when she ran into Carissa.

“Hi Blair.” She said and before Blair got the chance to answer she went on. “I’m really sorry for my behaviour yesterday, I’m aware I sometimes… take it too far…” She took a deep breath and produced a box from behind her back. “Here take this… a small token of apology.” She smiled and Blair smile back, faintly but seemingly sufficiently because Carissa left and didn’t bother her again. Blair never opened the package, a little fearful of what it might contain.

When she got home she went TS3W_2015-10-25_22-19-49-97straight to the kitchen. Dougie was still home fighting with someone over the phone and Junior was rummaging through the fridge for leftovers.

“Leave it Junior, I’ll cook.” She told her stepson who turned around, a smile on his unshaven face. Like his father when he was alive, Junior never learned to cook. “Blair, you are a life saver.” She smiled. Dougie moved away from them, still in an argument over the phone. “Who is he talking too?” She asked Junior but he only shrugged. “Where is Hannah?” She asked moving to the fridge to pick out the ingredients.  “She went to lay down.” Junior replied. “And I see you had just gotten up?” She asked with a smile. Junior looked down at his pajamas. “What? It’s my day off!”

They ate together and then all split up. Hannah went to work in the garden, Dougie went to listen to the bassist at the theater and Junior took the children to the park. And before she knew it they were back.

“Grandma please read me a bedtime story. Pleeeaaase.” Kerry jumped up and down around her. Blair smiled. “Which one?” “Adventures of RTS3W_2015-10-25_22-30-51-98aymundo!” Kerry yelled at once. “Alright.” She smiled and beckoned him to go upstairs. “Not in my room.” He said frowning. “Freddie will get mad if we leave the lights on. Can you read it in your room?” She sighed. “You’ll just fall asleep in my bed.” “No, no I won’t, I’ll just listen to the story and go to bed. Please.” She did as she was told. It was a grandmother’s job to spoil the kids afteral. Like she anticipated Kerry fell asleep sprawled over her bed in a way that gave her no room for herself and not wanting to bother the small boy she marched up to his room.

He and his sister slept on TS3W_2015-10-25_22-34-39-60bunk beds, and since Frederica was the first to pick and she picked the bottom bed so Blair had to go up the ladder to get to her bad for the night, careful not to fall or wake her granddaughter. That night sleep caught up to her pretty fast.

Day 4

TS3W_2015-10-25_22-40-08-33When she had gotten up she was alone in the room. It was already morning and Frederica must have been getting ready for school. She heard voices coming from downstairs and saw Dougie in the living room with his best friend Luther who must have came by before work.

Luther was whispering to Dougie’s ear and Dougie had his hand over his mouth but his eyes betrayed a smile. Frederica was on the couch eating breakfast and frowning while observing them.

“Tell them they are being rude grandma!” The little girl yelled as she saw Blair coming down the stairs. The two man stopped talking at once and Blair spoke to Frederica. “They are a bit rude. There are other places in this house they could go and talk instead of whispering around like school girls but you don’t need to know everything honey. ”  “But I want to know, whatever it is, I’m old enough, I’m almost nine and…” Dougie sneered at her and she stuck out her tongue  at him.  “Frederica!” Blair yelled at her. Now you are being rude. “Finish your breakfast! And Dougie stop annoying your niece.” They both shut up at once so she turned to the young man in her living room. “Morning Luther, how are you?” “Morning Mrs. Hoves.” The young man answered with a polite smile. “Things are really good. And you? My brother tells me you are volunteering at the station so the health must be good?” She smiled. “Still no cane, that’s something alright. How’s the world of scientific research treating you?” “Really good.” The young man answered. “I have focused more on genetics in general so after some papers I wrote they gave me a job at the hospital. So there I am right now, advancing the field of medicine.” “That’s wonderful.” Blair said with a smile. “As usual Dougie tells me nothing.” She frowned at her son who just shrugged in a I-thought-I-told-you way. “Your mother must be very proud.” She told Luther. “How is she by the way?” “Fine, fine.” Luther replied. “She is a bit mad at me… But we’ll sort things out.” “Why?” Blair asked in shock. Luther sighed. “The whole Minissa thing, and how it ended… It’s a long story and I have to get to work. It was nice seeing you Mrs. Hoves, you too Freddie.” He added with a smile to Frederica but she didn’t even look at him as he left. Dougie went with out with him and Blair went to the kitchen to make herself breakfast.

Sometimes she worried about Dougie, he and Luther were the same age and Luther had a nice career, a child, and he was always so well mannered and Dougie was… Well Dougie. Sometimes she wished he had more ambition, and sometimes she was glad he was still a child, her child.

She didn’t have much time to think about her son though because before she was even done with breakfast there was a call on her phone. It was the station. She picked up hastily and heard Maddison’s voice. “Blair, get ready! There was a fire at Edmund Frail’s house. I’ll be there in five.” Blair dropped the dishes in the sink and got her uniform on as fast as she could.

TS3W_2015-10-25_22-52-49-96She thought of nothing but saving those people. It turned out Edmund Frail was on the first floor and they were able to get to him fast but his sons were trapped in the basement.

The stairs were wooden and were threatening to collapse but Blair was down before her coworkers could bring the ladder. She thought only of those boys, the youngest was just a little older than Kerry. She used her ax to break down the doors and free the scared boys. All she could think about was their father upstairs, he lost a daughter already, he couldn’t survive anything bad happening to his remaining sons…  So she hit and hit, until the door broke and she saw them. They were white with fear and she ushered them out and helped them up the ladder Maddison and Carissa were holding up.

She stayed at the hospital for the most part of day, making sure all the Frail’s were ok. The boy’s mother, Edmund Frail’s ex-wife came to the hospital around noon, shrieking asking about her boys, Blair calmed her down and they had coffee together. By the time she got back home it was already dark.

Frederica was outside with a flash light telling a ghost story to TS3W_2015-10-25_22-58-53-55her best friend, Irene and as usual Dougie was playing games in the living room and all Blair wanted was a shower and to to close her eyes, preferably in her own bed…

Hoves – Round 3.1

The last time I played the Hoves Junior was a bit buggy and had to be moved out so maybe you’ll be glad to now that the bugs is gone, after I moved him back in so he we’ll feature in this update. Also I have to introduce the newest member of the Hoves family, Kerry, and his sister Freddie is a child now, so here they are:KerryFreddie

Freddie developed the Kleptomaniac trait and Kerry’s a Slob and a Genius.

Day 1

It was Monday. Junior had just came home from work and he had a headache. He wasn’t getting enough sleep, the forensics department was swamped, ever since they got the new equipment he had been pitching for they were sending them samples from all over the country, even as far as Twinbrook.

It didn’t help however that today he heard a particularly nasty rumorTS3W_2015-10-25_20-43-51-70, one he chose not to believe, about his wife and younger brother fighting in public. He could imagine a few nasty words being sad, the two were like this to each other ever since once over dinTS3W_2015-10-25_20-44-59-31ner Hannah told Dougie how she felt he was wasting his life away playing video games and doing nothing with his life and Dougie took it very badly, he was always like that, everything was personal for him. Junior preferred to stay out of this but it was slowly becoming less possible… He knew that tonight he would probably hear two versions of the same story from both of them and he sighed.

Blair was in the living room, but not alone, Laquita, one of his uncle Jesse’s daughters was there and Blair was telling her about different guys she had put in prison. It was unusual for his step-mother to talk about her time in the force but he guessed she was becoming like all old people who were so yearning for their youth that they spent endless hours reminiscing about the life they once had. It surprised him a bit coming from her anyway, Blair still had a pretty active life even though she was done with her spy business,  for a year she thought at the police academy and even held some self defense seminars for middle school kids. Now she was volunteering at the fire department. Retirement was not for everyone he guessed.

“Hi Junior.” Blair said to him a smile on her face. “Say hi to the future president of the whole country.” “Hi Laquita.” he said with a smile. “So politics?” “That’s the plan!” the young girl said with a smile. “I still have a long way to go…” “We believe in you sweetie.” Blair told her patting her arm encouragingly. “Well anyway…What I came to say is…” The girl spoke a bit nervously. “My graduation ceremony is this week but we all got a limited number of invitations…” “And we are a big family.” Blair finished for her. “You can’t invite all of us, and you can’t chose… It’s not a problem honey.” The girl smiled, relief obvious on her face and Junior gave her a smile as well and went upstairs to fix himself a bath.

It didn’t help. He still wasn’t feeling himself so he got ready to go for a run. He was just about to leave when he ran into his wife. Monday’s she moderated a book club at the bookstore where she TS3W_2015-10-25_21-10-20-47worked part time and she often came home late. Tonight however that was not the case.

“Oh Jun. I’m so glad I ran into you, I had the craziest day today…” She told him the moment she saw him. He sighed. His head was throbbing but there would be no running tonight. “Come on inside, you’ll tell me all about it as I give you a back rub.” He told his wife watching her face brighten. “You are the best husband in the world!” She told him. “Well and you are not the best wife, the doctor said you need to avoid additional stress and you still insist on moderating that book club…” “Oh it’s not the book club Junior. That was fine. It’s your brother…” Here we go, Junior thought with a sigh. “Lets go inside.” He told her and so they went. They were keeping Hannah’s pregnancy under wraps for now at least, the situation at home was not the best with Dougie threatening to move out… He didn’t want his little brother to leave, his mother needed him, and if Blair were to leave to… With him working so much Hannah needed all the help she would get… And there were his other children, he didn’t really think Kerry would mind a younger brother or sister but Frederica… Mondays were the worst!

Day 2

Next morning Junior found Frederica in the living room playing some video game. She must have been up at 4 am just to play without her mother sTS3W_2015-10-25_21-24-22-36eeing her. He sighed. Hannah blamed him and his work and subsequent absence for everything wrong with their daughter, and right now it was her disobedience
of all her elders. But Junior, although he loved all his children always felt that there was just something wrong with his daughter…

That is why on slow days at the lab he would read countless articles about child psychopathy, the possible signs and treatments. Of course Hannah would never believe him and would never consent to taking her beloved eldest child to a therapist he still wanted to know, desperately, was there something wrong with his child? She wasn’t cruel to animals, or liked causing other people pain, to his great relief but when Kerry was born she reacted badly, she was super jealous and while Hannah assured him it was normal with siblings, he couldn’t remember ever seeing a case that bad.

Sure when they both grew a little tTS3W_2015-10-10_13-37-49-44hey played together, under watchful eyes of other adults but Junior could never forget the cold hatred in Freddie’s eyes when she would push Kerry’s tiny baby hands from her, when he was curious enough to try and reach to his little sister.

But, at least for now, they got along as well as siblings do, and Frederica, to most people, seamed like a normal little girl, she went to school, liked video gaTS3W_2015-10-25_21-31-39-74mes, liked watching the stars, and was a little disobedient, nothing abnormal but Junior was a little afraid what the addition of one more family member might do to his daughter…

“What are you doing Freddie?” He asked in a serious voice. “You know your mother doesn’t approve of you spending too much time playing games.” “Well I love games!” His daughter replied barely moving her eyes from the TV. “Well what you should love is your mother, and listen to what she saws. Game over.” He said walking up to her and snatching the controller from her hands. She looked him, cold fury in her eyes as she got up and left the room. Junior looked at what she was playing. GTA? I’ll definitely need to talk to Dougie… He thought with a sigh.

Tuesday was pretty busy as well so could get his daughter and her behavior out of head, at least until the school called to ask for his permission for Freddie to take a field trip to the Chinese MausoleumTS3W_2015-10-25_21-49-13-79um tomorrow. When he got home he found her talking over the phone so he sent her to her room to do homework. Once he did the laundry, before going to take a swim he went up to check on her. He saw her sitting in Mya’s old room bent over a notebook and wondered if she has any chance to grow up normal…

Prentiss – Round 3.2

If you want to read the previous installment you could do it here, if not you can just keep reading.

Day 3

Saturday morning Tomas let Rita sleep in. He soon regretted it. It turned out Maja had not only substituted his shampoo with hair dye, but also her sister’s. He had to yell at her again and throw all the remaining shampoo bottles out, you could never be to safe,  then help Lena wash her hair while she cried, furious at her twin sister.

It was a busy morning. WhTS3W_2015-10-25_19-33-43-67en he was satisfied Lena was ok, for a girl her age, it didn’t take long to put it behind, before her hair had even dried she was already on the phone with her friend Brent, he went to look for his other daughter to administer her punishment.

Luckily (for him at last) Maja was not done with her silly pranks, she had also booby-trapped the faucet in the downstairs bathroom causing water to splash Rita as she was washing her hands so it was Rita who TS3W_2015-10-25_19-36-26-93yelled at her and grounded her, for the whole weekend, Tomas was in the clear.

That day the girls were supposed to have writing classes downtown. It was more some sort of creative workshop mumbo jumbo for elementary school kids, which still cost them both a lot of money because both of the girls wanted to go but since Rita grounded Maja she was to stay home and her sister got on her bike and drove alone. “Sure you don’t want me to go with you?” He asked Lena as she was leaving the house. “No daddy, I’ll manage.” She said and grinned. He smiled back but he wasn’t really happy. Sometimes he wished his daughters would never grow up…

When he got back inside the living room Maja was on the phone, telling her friend Aenys what transpired this morning. “…and they had already paid for it, like a bag of simoleons, and they are still not lettiTS3W_2015-10-25_19-38-03-47ng me go!” He sighed. He didn’t like seeing Maja upset but Rita was right… She behaved badly and deserved punishment. Still he would have to make it right somehow and he had just the right idea…

When he got back from the store Lena was in the study, already eager to write her first novel. “It’s called Warp Infinity daddy and I’ll let you read it, but when I’m done! You’ll like it, it would be a lot like Star Wars!” She was so excited that he had to leave her alone wondering how long would this writing phase hold her.TS3W_2015-10-25_19-41-22-79

As he left the study he was met by Rita, already dressed for work, a slight frown on her pretty face. “Rhaenys called… Apparently she heard Maja was grounded, she whined to Rhaenys’ son and he wanted to cheer her up… Anyways she asked if they could come over and I said they could, but I have to go to work so it would fall on you to entertain them. And check on Delores and Nandini, they have been awfully quiet this morning.” He did as she told but wasn’t very happy about it, he didn’t exactly like having people over. He knew Rhaenys, liked her even, she was Rita’s friend who worked in the Science Facility and was one of his last links to the science community of Sunset Valley. She was also Harry’s, his brother’s, girlfriend (part which Rita wasn’t so excited about) which made her practically family, but sill Tomas would have preferred if she didn’t come…

But she did. She came just as Rita was leaving and both her and Tomas were on the porch kissing goodbyeTS3W_2015-10-25_19-42-41-56. Rhaenys jokingly averted her gaze and he laughed, even Rita smiled a bit before she went to say hi to her friend. She was a very beautiful woman, Rhaenys Targeryen, almost inhumanly so and although she usually wore darker colors, red and black, mostly, today she came to them in a light blue long dress that suited her perfectly. However as Rita approached her he saw her gaze fall on Rhaenys’ hand and her mouth move in the shape of the letter ‘O’ and he looked there as well. “Oh, boy, shit’s gonna hit the fan…” he thought to himself.

Maja and Aenys immediately ran upstairs to play and ended up pillow fighting in her and Lena’s room. Lena didn’t bother to show up, she was stillTS3W_2015-10-25_19-44-20-79 working on her book, or more probably, playing some video game by now. The kids made a lot of shrieking noises but still he managed to talk to Rhaenys. “Congratulations.” He said. “Harry’s one lucky man.” She smiled. She was even prettier when she smiled, if that was even possible. “Well thank you Tomas. I’m a lucky girl too.” She sighed. “If only Rita would see it that way…” “She will. She does.She had just always been protective of Harry… Especially now that their mother is gonTS3W_2015-10-25_19-46-39-70e…” He didn’t know how to explain it to Rhaenys. He wasn’t sure he understood it himself. Rita loved both Harry and Rhaenys, there was no reason not to like them together but thankfully Rhaenys  didn’t wait on him to explain. “Well that is why I thought she would be happy he has someone in his life to help him get trough the rough patches.” She sighed again. “Oh well, she would have to accept it… Sooner or later.” She smiled at Tomas. “I’m glad at least a part of my family accepts me.” And Tomas smiled too.

He spent the rest of the day with Rhaenys. She helped him with the little ones, Lena was silent in the study, Maja and Aenys played by themselves. It was a nice afternoon. When Rita came back she left her and Rhaenys to have their talk and went to Ramon Ayres’ party he had been invited too. And there he ran into none other… Harry!TS3W_2015-10-25_20-00-56-64

It was a swimsuit party, he didn’t know why because for all his knowledge Ramon didn’t own a pool but well, he followed the dress code and so did everyone else. It was strange seeing Harry there, he looked much better, and more adult than Tomas remembered. He even had a new tattoo. And somehow from the back of his mind it evoked the image of their father… Of all Harald Prentiss children Harry looked the most like him after all.

He came to him and congratulated him adding: “I can’t believe you didn’t tell me…” Harry shrugged. “I was going to…Really.” He added probably registering the skepticism on Tomas’ face. “Well like i said to your fiancee today, you are a lucky guy.” You saw Rhaenys? Where?” “She and her boy came to our house for a play date with the girls.” “Oh.” Harry said simply. He seamed a little sad. “She couldn’t come with me here today… Shucks. you should have told me she was there I would have come to your place.” “Well she had to talk to Rita. Tell her what her own brother had forgotten…” Tomas told him to try and lighten the mood. Harry’s voice still seamed a little distant when he said: “Yeah that’s probably it…”

“What’s with the tat?” Tomas asked in another attempt to change the mood of the conversation. “Oh this?” Harry asked looking down on his right calf. He laughed. “You wouldn’t believe it… I got so drunk at Hazel’s bachelor party… And I mean it, pass out drunk and in the morning I went and got this.” He laughed, I must have still been drunk because I couldn’t remember it the next day….” The rest of the evening he spent retelling the details of the mentioned party to Tomas.

Day 4

TS3W_2015-10-25_20-05-29-33The next day Tomas found his girls at the chess table. Ever since their butler Yvonne left them he was lacking a good opponent so he was teaching the girls but right now they were still only good opponents to each other but he was glad they were having fun, well Maja only did when she was winning, she was extra competitive but she didn’t have a hard time because Lena would often wander off and make the stupidest move but it was all ok, none of them were professionals after all.

While they were busy he sneaked into their room to install the present he got them yesterday. He didn’t even tell Rita, she knew she would throw a fit, Maja was grounded there was no need to get her presents but she wanted this fTS3W_2015-10-25_20-09-43-07or a while, and he really wanted to get her. If she was stuck at home at least she would have something to do.

She was overjoyed when she saw the chemist table he had gotten them, with all the equipment and starter pack supplies, they read the manual together and he showed her all the safety precautions and then watched with a smile on his face as she started the experiments.

He then took Lena to his TS3W_2015-10-25_20-10-55-27and Rita’s room to show he something. It was her picture, the one she drew a few days ago, hanging on the wall. Lena gave him a faint smile when she saw it. She was reminding him more and more of Rita every day. “It looks nice daddy.” She said and ran out of the room to go and play. He stayed there for a while, just watching the picture, there was something incredibly sad in there, it was too melancholic for a work of an eight year old but it was his daughter’s work and it madTS3W_2015-10-25_20-12-21-60e him proud.

He went to look for Rita. He knew she would have something to say about getting Maja a present after she misbehaved as much and he wanted to get it over with. She was with Delores who was still at times reluctant to use the potty.

“Need help honey?” he asked from the door. Both Delores and Rita turned to him. “No.” Rita said. “But you know I need to talk to you, right?” Tomas nodded. “You know what I want to know she said, looking from him to Delores, making sure she stays on the potty.” Tomas nodded again and then sighed. “Look I now I undermined your authority and…” “It’s not about that.” Rita cut him off sharply. “It’s about praising the girl even when she is doing wrong. How can we teach her anything if you go soft on her any time she sheds a tear? And it’s not just Maja, what kind of example will she set for Della and Nan?” Tomas felt stupid. It wasn’t rare for Rita to make him feel this way… She always thought of everything and he was just to eager to please, mostly his wife and his little girls. He sighed and just told her the truth. “Look I didn’t think about any of that, not really… I just noticed she was interested in science, or rather she told me so and I wanted to fuel those interests. It’s what I love, it’s what I do after all, I make children interested in science. Can you blame me for trying the same with our daughter?” He took a breath. “I know what you’ll say I should have waited a week or two… But you know kids, they change their minds every day, I just wanted to use the opportunity that was presented. I’m sorry.” It was Rita’s turn to sigh. “I forgive you Tommy. Just.. Try and consult with me in the future, after all we are, or should be a team.” He nodded. As usually Rita was right and he was wrong.

He was in his pjs for the most of that day, it was a lazy Sunday after all. He was getting ready to get dressed and go have lunch with his family when his cell phone rang. He picked it up curious, it was Rhaenys. Why was she calling him rather then Rita? He soon found oTS3W_2015-10-25_20-17-19-19ut…

“What do you mean you are pregnant?” He asked her in shock. “Well Tomas I thought you had been through this with your wife at least… You do have four kids…” She sighed. “I understand the meaning of those words. I just… Is it…?” “Harry’s? Of course it is! Whose would it be? What had your wife told you about me?” He could see she was furious but he was so lost for words… Why didn’t she just call Rita, or her future husband. Why was he hearing this? “Look you should go see a doctor first, be one hundred percent sure. Then… I don’t know. You tell Harry and we’ll find a way to break it to Rita together…” It was the best he was able to come up with. But this distressed him deeply, not because Harry and Rhaenys were probably going to have a child together, they were engaged, they probably talked about those things already, and he was happy for them, he knew what joy children brought to his life. No, it was his wife, he didn’t know why she was so anti Rhaenys and Harry, but also he hated keeping secrets from her. He wasn’t sure how he would manage this… But the day was not over, no, his lazy Sunday appeared to be a string of distastes coming his way…

He forgot to change from his pajamas, he didn’t notice he was still wearing them when he got down to lunch. He was still wearing them when Lena iTS3W_2015-10-25_20-19-28-74nterrupted him doing dishes to ask what boyfriends and girlfriends did besides holding hands, it was apparently research for her book…

He was trying to think of an acceptable answer when his phone rung. Saved by the bell, he thought the moment it rung… “Sorry Lena, I have to take this. You can ask your mum when she gets home.” He answered the phone. “Hello.” “Hello, Tomas Prentiss?” “Yes.” He answered, he didn’t recognize the female voice from the other end. “Nadine Hoves speaking.” His heart sunk. He knew very well who Nadine Hoves was and didn’t feel anything well could come from this conversation. He said nothing so the woman continued. “You teach my daughter Irene science classes.  She speaks very highly of you…” He sincerely doubted that but let her go on. “And.. Well I’m beating around the bush too much… I know who you are and who your wife is. And what ever my happened and is still happening between my husband and your wife we are family, bound by blood. And I would like it to be more then that, more than just blood so I thought Irene and I can come over, the girls could meet…” This was what Tomas feared. Rita would flip when she finds out, she never wanted to have anything with her father, and by extension his wife or other children but what could he do, the woman was right, the girls need a chance to meet their family. So he said yes. He wondered what he would tell them… It would be too confusing for them probably to learn Irene was their aunt, maybe introduce her as a cousin?

He was still contemplating this on his way to get dressed at last when he saw Maja. “What on Earth happened to you?” He asked his daughter. “A mishap with one of the potions I was making.” He sighed loudly, maybe Rita was right and this chemist lab thing was a terrible ideaTS3W_2015-10-25_20-20-43-80. How was everything getting so much out of control? “Quickly get washed and changed. Your mother can’t see you like this. Plus we are having people over.” “Who?” Lena asked in bewilderment. “I’ll tell you, I just need to get dressed girls, please.”

Nadine did in fact come with her daughter as promised. She wasn’t exactly the kind of woman he thought Jesse Hoves would settle with but people change don’t they? The two of them introduced politely and proceeded to watch from the porch as their daughters did the same.

“She is very cute.” Nadine said. “Your daughter.” He simply noTS3W_2015-10-25_20-22-24-76dded but she continued. “She really has something of his in her… And the hair… He had the same exact shade before he had gone gray you know.” Tomas nodded. He knew that very well. “What’s her name?” Nadine asked. “Lena.” He said and Nadine nodded. “Jesse would probably like that name.” Tomas wanted to say he didn’t care what Jesse would think about his daughter, or her name, he was terrible to Rita, he ruined his parents marriage but still that was a long time ago… He was his daughters’ grandfather after all so he nodded and kept his mouth shut.

As predicted Rita was not happy when she got home. When she saw Nadine her face went pale. She looked at Tomas fury shouting out of her eyes but then she went calmly to Nadine. The older woman smiled. “Hello, Rita? My name is…” “Spare me.” Rita said as coldly as she had ever sounded. “Is he here? Or is it just you?” “Me and Irene, my daughter, your sister…” Rita cut her off again. “I have only one sister. Did he send you here? Is this another one of his attempts to get into my life?” “No, no… Jesse doesn’t know we are here. I wanted… I just wanted to meet you, and for you to meet us. We are family…” She was about to give Rita the same speech she gave Tomas but Rita wouldn’t allow it. “No we are not. Your husband didn’t want me. He didn’t want anything to do with me for the first sixteen years of my life, then he had a change of heart but it was too late then and it was too late now. Please leave.” Nadine looked stricken. She wanted to say something more but Rita’s gaze was so cold that Tomas himself didn’t bother speaking. “My daughter…” “She can stay. Tomas will take her home.” Tomas nodded weakly when she looked at him. “Very well.” Nadine said getting up. “I’m sorry.” She added. “For the inconvenience… For… I can’t apologize for him. But I’m sorry for what his absence did to you and to you.” She added suddenly turning to Tomas. He didn’t speak this time either. He wanted to say it’s ok. His parents probably would have broken up anyway, or stayed unhappy. But he stayed silent and Nadine left. Rita was still pale and he came up to her to say something but she waved him off and just left outside.

TS3W_2015-10-25_20-32-28-49He saw her trough the window, kneeling on the soft ground. To the outsider it would seem she was simply weeding the plants but he knew she was crying. And it made his hear ache.

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